Mercedes-Benz USA presents Sprinter Van that has been renovated by employees in Jacksonville for charitable children in need
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Employees at Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and its Jacksonville South Office delivered a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger Friday with assistance from a local dealer, Mercedes-Benz of Jacksonville Van to Kim’s Open Door, a non-profit area whose volunteers help the city’s at-risk children by providing them with access to mentoring, educational support, arts and local events.
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Kim’s Open Door founder Kim Bogart takes over the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter passenger car from her organization, which has been renovated by employees from Mercedes-Benz USA. (Photo: Business Wire)
Kim’s Open Door acquired the used Sprinter with financial support from MBUSA to offset the costs involved. Together with Mercedes-Benz from Jacksonville, employees from the company’s Southern Region Office and the Mercedes-Benz Vans team worked to find the most suitable vehicle to buy. From there the Sprinter was delivered to Mercedes-Benz USA, where its team of engineers and technicians from Jacksonville donated more than 300 hours of their personal time to bring the vehicle into optimal mechanical condition. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz employees in Jacksonville donated their time and resources to repair damage to the body of the van.
“Mercedes-Benz USA, its employees and dealer partners are proud to be part of the Jacksonville community. We are grateful for every opportunity, large or small, to help those who work to make a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children in our city, ”said Mike Nolte, General Manager of the South Region at Mercedes-Benz USA . “We would like to thank our employees, especially our Vans team, and our partners at Mercedes-Benz in Jacksonville, who generously and selflessly volunteered their personal time and expertise to make this possible.”
The newly acquired Sprinter Passenger Van will help the Jacksonville-based organization distribute meals to families struggling with food insecurity and double its capacity to move children in the community, many of whom have recently become refugees Transport activities.
“Our staff has determined that the volunteers at Kim’s Open Door need affordable and reliable transportation for the children. We have recognized that our resources and our know-how, especially with commercial delivery vans, can really benefit them, ”said Christian Barwig, department manager at Mercedes-Benz Vans, whose team in Jacksonville took on the pioneering role. “I’m very proud of the way we came together, not only as Mercedes-Benz employees, but also as members of the community to help such a rewarding organization.”
The Sprinter is the latest addition to MBUSA Curbside Caring, an initiative of the company’s Greatness Lives Here community outreach program. The luxury automaker’s support for organizations like Kim’s Open Door is one of the many efforts it has made in recent years to support communities where MBUSA employees live and work. The company is donating 100 meals a week to Kim’s Open Door during the 2020-2021 school year to help alleviate the hunger of students participating in the organization’s reading program and their siblings at home. Last year, MBUSA prepared 2,500 meals for families in need in Jacksonville and made the delivery of thousands more possible through the donation of 13 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters to organizations that feed the city’s most vulnerable residents.
Quote from Kim’s open door
“We are grateful to Mercedes-Benz USA and its employees whose continued support has helped us provide nutrition, education and the arts to hundreds of underserved children and families in Jacksonville,” said Kim Bogart, founder of Kim’s Open Door. “Children need our services now more than ever and this new Sprinter van will enable our team to increase the number of families we look after.”
About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), the sales and marketing branch of Mercedes-Benz in the USA with headquarters in Atlanta, is responsible for the sales, marketing and customer service of all Mercedes-Benz products in the USA from the sporty A-class Sedan for the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series.
MBUSA’s philanthropic endeavors focus on youth education, empowerment and the environment. At the national level, the company supports the Johnny Mac Soldier’s Fund, which awards grants to children of the fallen military.
In Atlanta, MBUSA works with more than a dozen nonprofits to educate and empower the next generation to thrive and serve the local needs in their community. Especially the west side of Atlanta, the area around the Mercedes-Benz stadium, in which there are underserved parts of the city. MBUSA has received numerous awards for its efforts in the community, including a Silver Stevie® Award for its NO LIMITS campaign, the German American Chamber Community Engagement Award for Curbside Caring, and a Community Impact Award from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
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Via Kim’s open door
Founded in 2013, Kim’s Open Door is a non-profit providing education, arts, nutrition, and community events to hundreds of underserved students in Jacksonville. Their International Afterschool and Summer Academy serves refugee and immigration students from around the world.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.kimsopendoor.com.
Source: Mercedes-Benz USA